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Hoow to I convert month name to month number?

Posted on 2007-10-03
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
This is kinda of silly but it's late.  I am getting the month name in my query using

But I need to use this field the order by clause so I need it to sort by month number 01 -12 , not alphabetically.  How do I convert month name back to number so order by works?

Question by:svasilakos
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 750 total points
ID: 20012168
you need to create a function yourself to "translate" the month name into the numerical value.
I usually have a table with the translation values, so I can join/lookup in there
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by:Jai S
ID: 20012179
if t.transactiondate a database field
why dont you direcrly order by your transaction date ?

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ID: 20012201
Oh.. good question. Becuase I am runing a larger query and converting to month name and than storing this in a #temp table that I actually run my report off of.

I think I'll do something similar to what angelIII said... I wasn't sure if there was a easy convert statement I was missing..


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by:Tone' Shelby
ID: 20527487
I have used something like what was mentioned above but found that if I added datepart(month,fieldname) in addtion to DATENAME(month,fieldname) to the group by expression it works like a snap foe example to find the Number of Hires for a given month for each year .....

as [Month],
datepart(year,[HireDate]) as [Year],
count(*) as [NumberHired]
from [AdventureWorks].[HumanResources].[Employee]
group by

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